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Serena Williams pierde en la ronda de apertura de Windbledon

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Por: Herb Rein

Serena Williams fue la jugadora individual número 1 en ocho  torneos entre 2002 y 2017. Ella es la segunda en ganar más Grand Slam Singles de todos los tiempos (23). Pero luego su vida cambió. Serena se casó con Alexis Ohanian en 2017, cofundador de Reddit (un sitio web de noticias sociales) y un empresario muy rico. Poco tiempo después, nació una hija, Olimpia. Serena se tomó un año libre del tenis y se centró en ser madre.

Volviendo a jugar en el Abierto de Francia en junio, Serena fue informada de que había perdido su primer puesto en el ranking durante su tiempo libre por su embarazo. Ella luchó a través de tres rondas, nunca mostró su juego A, antes de jugar un partido muy esperado contra Maria Sharapova, Serena se retiró del Abierto de Francia antes de la cuarta ronda debido a una lesión pectoral.

Eso lleva a esta semana y Serena se sembró # 25 en la ronda de apertura de Wimbledon. Enfrentó a la tenista holandesa Arantxa Rus (n. ° 180) que, sorprendentemente, se enfrentó a una batalla agresiva, y finalmente sucumbió ante la derrota por 7-5, 6-3.

He cubierto a Serena Williams desde que era una adolescente (aproximadamente 17-1 / 2) y la he visto en todo su esplendor. Parece que juega alrededor del 75%, pero tengo fe en que la leyenda llamada Serena volverá al 100% antes del Abierto de Estados.

Serena Williams was the #1 ranked singles player in 8 tournaments between 2002 & 2017.  She has won the second most Grand Slam Singles titles (23) of all time.  But then her life changed.  Serena married Alexis Ohanian in 2017, the co-founder of Reddit (a social news website) and a very wealthy entrepreneur.  A short time later, a baby daughter, Olympia, was born.  Serena took a year off from tennis and focused on being a mother.

Returning to play in the French Open in June, Serena was informed she had lost her #1 ranking during her time off for her pregnancy.  She battled through 3 rounds, never really showing her previous A-game, then before playing a much anticipated match against Maria Sharapova, Serena pulled out of the French Open before the 4th round because of a pectoral injury.

That brings up to this week and Serena is seeded #25 in the opening round of Wimbledon.  She faced Dutch tennis player Arantxa Rus (ranked #180) who surprisingly put on an aggressive battle, finally succumbing to defeat 7-5, 6-3.

I have covered Serena Williams since she was a teenager (about 17-1/2) and have seen her at her best.  She seems to be playing at about 75%, but I have faith the legend called Serena will make a comeback to 100% before the U.S. Open in August.

2018 FIFA World Cup Update

They sent their “best of the best” from 32 countries to compete in the premier soccer event in the world.  One by one, the elimination began.  Defending champion Germany was one of the first surprising teams to go.  Host Russia kept surprising spectators and by eliminating Spain is now going to the quarterfinals, likely to take on Croatia.

Belgium shocked Japan when substitute Chaoli was brought in and scored a goal in the final minute of play to defeat Japan 3-2.  Brazil soundly defeated Mexico as their highest paid super star, Neymar scored his 6th World Cup goal of his career and made his debut as an actor by overplaying an injury to his ankle.

Some of the greatest players of all time will not be seen in the quarter finals as Lionel Messi’s and Cristiano  Ronaldo’s respective teams of Argentina and Portugal went down in flames at the hands of France and Uruguay.

Tuesday’s match of Columbia against England featured James Rodriguez and answered the question as to his fitness to play due to his persistent calf strain.  Let’s see who is left at the end of the knockout round of the 16 matches.

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